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  • Date:09 Jun 2012
  • Kick-off:17:00
  • Venue:Metalist Stadium - Kharkiv
  • Michael Krohn-Dehli (24)

Live Commentary


Holland dominated for long periods but they can't have many complaints after such wasteful finishing. Denmark rode their luck at times, but they showed immense spirit and impressive organisation to hold out.


That's full-time. Denmark have delivered the first surprise result of the tournament.


Kuyt can't deliver a good cross as Holland make one last push forward. Seconds left.


Holland have a strong penalty claim rejected as Lars Jacobsen clearly handles under pressure from Huntelaar. The Dutch bench are furious but play goes on.


We are into three minutes of stoppage-time. Denmark are within touching distance of a huge win.


Kuyt's first contribution is to punt a long ball into the Denmark penalty area, but Andersen is there to collect comfortably.


Van Marwijk is screaming at his defenders to push up in a bid to pen Denmark back. It's tense stuff now.


Holland have now had 27 shots without finding a way past Andersen. It's time for one last throw of the dice from van Marwijk, who sends on Kuyt in place of right-back Gregory van der Wiel.


Robben fires well over and the Dutch look to be running out of ideas. Denmark closing in on a superb result here.


Two yellow cards in quick succession for Denmark. Poulsen is booked for time-wasting as he throws the ball away and then William Kvist is punished for a deliberate handball in midfield.


Liverpool centre-back Agger has been outstanding for Denmark and he rises highest to head away another Dutch cross.


Andersen makes a brilliant double save to keep Denmark ahead. First he spreads himself well to deny Huntelaar from Sneijder's stunning pass through the heart of the Danish defence. Then Andersen is alert enough to dive bravely at van Persie's feet to save from the rebound and draw a foul for the striker's challenge.


Denmark make their first change with Lasse Schone on for Eriksen.


Van der vaart makes an immediate impact as the Tottenham midfielder's cross wins a corner. But again Holland can't make anything of the set-piece.


That's the cue for van Marwijk to make a double change, with Huntelaar on for Afellay and van der Vaart replacing Nigel de Jong.


Krohn-Dehli finally leads a Denmark counter and his snap-shot forces Stekelenburg to parry away for a corner.


Denmark have offered nothing as an attacking force in the second half but they are holding out well. They still have to survive another 22 minutes though.


Van Bommel is booked for a crunching, and needless, challenge on Niki Zimling. That's a sign of Holland's increasing angst.


Robben is driving Holland on, but he needs to make better decisions in the final third. He shoots tamely wide from a difficult position when a pass would have kept the pressure on.


Robben gets himself in a great position to meet Sneijder's cross, but he can't keep his header on target and Denmark escape again.


Sneijder can't get his free-kick over the wall from 25 yards and Holland's frustration continues to grow.


Might be time for a change soon for Holland, who have Huntelaar, Dirk Kuyt and Rafael van der Vaart warming up on the touchline.


Denmark finally break out of defence thanks to a bold run from Simon Poulsen, who wins a corner with some neat footwork. It comes to nothing though and Holland are soon back on the attack.


Yet another chance goes to waste for Holland. This time Johnny Heitinga is the guilty party, heading over from Robben's corner.


Denmark are wobbling here, but Holland can't make their dominance pay. Afellay is the latest to go close as his shot trickles past a post.


Holland continue to pile on the pressure and midfielder Mark van Bommel has Andersen at full stretch to save his shot from Sneijder's pass.


Van Persie scored 37 goals for Arsenal last season, but he seems to have left his shooting boots back in England. He completely misses his kick after a flowing Dutch move opens up the Danish back-four.


Robben is a constant menace when he cuts in from the right flank and he wins a corner with a shot that deflects wide off Krohn-Dehli.


Holland are quickly on the attack as they try to force an equaliser. Sneijder and van Persie exchange passes in the Denmark penalty area but the move breaks down.


That's half-time and there's a real shock on the cards here. Denmark lead against the run of play and the Dutch have plenty of work to do.


Just one minute of stoppage-time to be played before half-time. Denmark just hoping to reach the break with their lead intact now.


Van Persie should equalise as Robben's pass plays him in on goal, but a poor first touch lets him down, allowing Andersen time to sprint off his line and block the striker's eventual shot.


Krohn-Dehli has a sight of goal but can't make a clean connection with his volley and the Dutch defence clear the danger.


With tough fixtures against Germany and Portugal to come, Holland need to get something out of this and they are pressing hard. They need to be more clinical though. Of 11 shots, only two have been on target and Afellay continues the trend as he shoots over.


Holland are have rediscovered their rhythm and Robben is only denied by the woodwork as he seizes on a misplaced pass and curls a low shot against a post from the edge of the area.


Good chance goes begging for Holland as Feyenoord defender Ron Vlaar heads wide from Robben's corner. The centre-back should have done better there.


Frustration for Holland as referee Damir Skomina turns down their penalty appeals after the ball appears to bounce up and hit Simon Poulsen's arm.


That was Denmark's first really incisive attack and it's brought them the lead. Holland need to regroup but they look a little rattled as Sneijder over-hits a pass to van Persie.


Krohn-Dehli shows superb skill to fool two Dutch defenders with a clever turn and the Brondby striker takes full advantage with a low shot that flashes through the legs of goalkeeper Stekelenburg.


Completely against the run of play, Denmark take the lead through a fine strike from Michael Krohn-Dehli.


Goal for Denmark!


Robben combines with van Persie and surges away down the right before whipping in a low cross. It looks dangerous, but Agger manages to get a toe on the ball and deflect it back to Andersen. Holland starting to move ominously through the gears.


Robben tries his luck with a 20 yard strike, but it isn't powerful or accurate enough to trouble Denmark goalkeeper Stephan Andersen, who saves comfortably.


It's an open game so far with both sides willing to push forward, however neither has been able to find the cutting edge needed to break the deadlock.


Van Persie wins a free-kick for Holland in a dangerous position, but the Arsenal star takes it himself and can only shoot tamely into the wall.


Barcelona's Ibrahim Afellay shows quick feet and good control to work space for a shot on the left edge of the penalty area, but the Dutch winger's effort is always rising over the bar.


Bendtner wins a free-kick 30 yards from goal and Christian Eriksen lines up to take it. The Denmark midfielder, who plays his club football in Holland with Ajax, can't get enough height on his shot and it cannons away off the wall.


First sign of Robben and van Persie linking up to good effect. Bayern winger Robben gets to the byline and cuts the ball back to van Persie. The Dutch striker's first-time effort is just wide of the near post, but that's a warning for the Danish defence.


Jetro Willems, the teenage Dutch defender, lets fly with a long-range effort that screams over the bar.


Daniel Agger has the first effort on target, but the Danish defender's header is easily held by Maarten Stekelenburg.


Around 15,000 Holland fans are reported to have travelled to Kharkiv and they definitely out-number their Danish counterparts, with larges swathes of the stadium covered in orange.

With the pre-match rituals completed, it's Holland, in their famous all-orange kit, who get us underway.

The players are on the pitch and it's national anthem time.

Both teams are in the tunnel ahead of kick-off and there's a decent crowd filling the 35,721-capacity Metalist Stadium on a sunny evening in Kharkiv.

Denmark: Andersen, Jacobsen, Kjaer, Agger, Simon Poulsen, Kvist Jorgensen, Zimling, Rommedahl, Eriksen, Krohn-Delhi, Bendtner. Subs: Lindegaard, Christian Poulsen, Bjelland, Okore, Schone, Silberbauer, Pedersen, Wass, Jakob Poulsen, Kahlenberg, Mikkelsen, Schmeichel.

Holland: Stekelenburg, Van Der Wiel, Heitinga, Vlaar, Willems, Van Bommel, Nigel De Jong, Robben, Sneijder, Afellay, van Persie. Subs: Vorm, Mathijsen, Bouma, Kuyt, Huntelaar, Schaars, Strootman, Luuk De Jong, Narsingh, Boulahrouz, Van der Vaart, Krul.

Holland won nine of their 10 qualifying matches, only losing to Sweden once their place in the finals was already secured. Klaas-Jan Huntelaar scored 12 goals in that qualifying campaign, while van Persie only netted six times, yet it is the Arsenal man who starts up front for the Dutch today.

Morten Olsen's team completed their Euro preparations with a 2-0 friendly win over Australia, but the team's Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner was critical of the performance, claiming they played "too slowly and too horizontally".

Denmark fell at the group phase in the last World Cup but impressed in qualifying for the Euros, topping their group above Portugal after beating Cristiano Ronaldo and company 2-1 in Copenhagen in their final match.

Denmark won't be without hope though. After all they won Euro 1992 despite being given only a few weeks notice that they would compete in the tournament in place of war-torn Yugoslavia.

Holland have always had top talent to pick from, but Bert van Marwijk's team are hoping to end a trophy drought that now stretches to 24 years since the golden generation of Marco van Basten and Ruud Gullit won the 1988 European Championships.

The Dutch were runners-up in the 2010 World Cup and their run to that final defeat against Spain in South Africa started with a 2-0 group stage victory over Denmark. That's a good omen for Holland if they can get off to a winning start today.

With the supremely talented trio of Robin van Persie, Wesley Sneijder and Arjen Robben pulling the strings, Holland are regarded as one of the favourites for the tournament, while, in contrast, unfancied Denmark face a tough task just to qualify from a group which also features Germany and Portugal.

Welcome to day two of our live updates from Euro 2012. After an incident-packed pair of matches on the opening day, which featured seven goals, two red cards and a missed penalty, we can only hope for more drama from today's Group B fixtures, with Holland v Denmark first up from Kharkiv.

The players are back out and Denmark get us underway in the second half.

**Provisional teams until kick-off


  • Bert van Marwijk Coach
  • Maarten Stekelenburg Goal
  • Gregory van der Wiel Defender
  • John Heitinga Defender
  • Ron Vlaar Defender
  • Jetro Willems Defender
  • Arjen Robben Midfielder
  • Mark van Bommel Midfielder
  • Wesley Sneijder Midfielder
  • Nigel de Jong Midfielder
  • Ibrahim Afellay Midfielder
  • Robin van Persie Forward
  • Michel Vorm Substitute
  • Tim Krul Substitute
  • Joris Mathijsen Substitute
  • Wilfred Bouma Substitute
  • Stijn Schaars Substitute
  • Kevin Strootman Substitute
  • Luuk De Jong Substitute
  • Luciano Narsingh Substitute
  • Khalid Boulahrouz Substitute
  • Rafael van der Vaart
  • Klaas-Jan Huntelaar
  • Dirk Kuyt


  • Morten Olsen Coach
  • Stephan Andersen Goal
  • Lars Jacobsen Defender
  • Simon Kjær Defender
  • Daniel Agger Defender
  • Simon Poulsen Defender
  • Dennis Rommedahl Midfielder
  • William Kvist Midfielder
  • Christian Eriksen Midfielder
  • Niki Zimling Midfielder
  • Michael Krohn-Dehli Midfielder
  • Nicklas Bendtner Forward
  • Anders Lindegaard Substitute
  • Kasper Schmeichel Substitute
  • Christian Poulsen Substitute
  • Andreas Bjelland Substitute
  • Jores Okore Substitute
  • Michael Silberbauer Substitute
  • Nicklas Pedersen Substitute
  • Daniel Wass Substitute
  • Jakob Poulsen Substitute
  • Thomas Kahlenberg Substitute
  • Lasse Schone Substitute who played
  • Tobias Mikkelsen Substitute who played

Match Report

Danes spring first surprise of the tournament
Denmark claimed the first upset of Euro 2012 by overcoming a badly misfiring Netherlands side 1-0 in their opening Group B match at Metalist Stadium in Kharkiv on Saturday.
Brondby forward Michael Krohn-Dehli claimed the game's only goal mid-way through the first half, as Denmark avenged their opening-game loss at the 2010 World Cup and recorded a first win over the Dutch since 1967.
Defeat already compromises the Netherlands' chances of progressing to the knockout phase, with games against Germany and Portugal still to come in the competition's most unforgiving group.
Beaten finalists at the World Cup and top scorers in qualifying, the Dutch entered the tournament among the favourites but their hopes of success in Poland and Ukraine may now hinge on Wednesday's encounter with Germany.
Denmark, meanwhile, will advance with renewed belief that they can emulate their shock Euro triumph from 1992, particularly as they finished above forthcoming opponents Portugal in qualifying.
At the age of 18 years and 71 days, Jetro Willems became the youngest ever player to grace a European Championship but the Dutch left-back showed no early nerves and saw a shot from 20 yards narrowly clear the crossbar.
Maarten Stekelenburg was the first goalkeeper called into action, as he comfortably claimed a header from Danish captain Daniel Agger, but gradually the Danes were forced deeper and deeper into their own territory.
Ibrahim Afellay, Robin van Persie and Arjen Robben all threatened on multiple occasions, while the latter saw a low cross cut out by Lars Jacobsen after electing not to reward van Persie's through ball with a shot.
It was therefore against the run of play that Denmark broke the deadlock, in the 24th minute, as Krohn-Dehli sold John Heitinga a dummy inside the box before tucking the ball between Stekelenburg's legs.
The goal brought Holland coach Bert van Marwijk to the edge of his technical area and it was from there that he saw Robben strike the base of Denmark's right-hand post after pouncing on goalkeeper Stephan Andersen's loose pass as the 1988 champions roused themselves.
Wesley Sneijder set up van Persie for what looked certain to be the equaliser shortly before the interval, but for once the Arsenal man's touch let him down and his shot was blocked by the advancing Andersen.
The Netherlands had 12 shots off target in the first half and their struggle for precision continued in the second, with van Persie tripping over his own feet after being put through in the early stages.
Spurned chances continued to come and go at an alarming rate for the Dutch, while Krohn-Dehli had Stekelenburg scrambling with a low shot at the other end.
Van Marwijk chose to act by introducing Klaas-Jan Huntelaar and Rafael van der Vaart from the bench, and the Schalke striker almost made an immediate impact, collecting Sneijder's fine pass but being bravely denied by Andersen.
A strong handball appeal against Jacobsen brought the Dutch substitutes charging from the dug-out, arms aloft, in the 89th minute but there was to be no late reprieve for van Marwijk's men.





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